RAF Waddington Runway Refurbishment

CEEQUAL Excellent (75.5%) – Whole Team Award
Version 5, March 2017 | Lincoln, UK

Project summary

Closed in late 2014, the RAF Waddington runway refurbishment will allow the airfield to operate for further 25 years and accept additional aircraft to operate from the station. Construction period to the runway was just over 2 years, in which time the new runway and associated lighting was constructed and completed. This project was completed through several stages whilst continuing to accept aircraft, and resulted in significant changes to the profile and overall length of the runway, associated lighting and navigational aids. Following successful completion of the runway renewal of taxiway lighting continued.

This is the first major runway project within the UK that has incorporated a major recycling strategy within the project’s development. This project was also the first major civil Engineering project to be delivered through the Deference Infrastructure Organisation (DIO)’s Next Generation Estates Contracts (NGEC) National Capital Works Framework.

The refurbishment project involved the replacement of pavement layers, from full reconstruction to overlay of up to 1.2m, extensions to the runway ends and taxiway reconstruction. This included work on thresholds and taxiways, as well as a replacement of ground lighting around the airfield. Additional work scope included full replacement of taxiway lighting.


Challenges and achievements

With the ongoing management of aircraft movements being managed through use of alternate nation stations and planned and agreed deployment of aircraft at RAF Waddington, this was a major challenge to project. The successful management of this issue was through close coordination and working relationships between all parties. As a result RAF Waddington continued delivering high intelligence-gathering capabilities during the course of the refurbishment.

With RAF Waddington being a secure defence site, one of the major challenges for the project team was public engagement. With tight security surrounding the project site, due to the nature of the client’s business, the project team had limited capability of engaging with residents in the local area. The team successfully engaged with some of the services and tenants of the site, including Lincolnshire Air Ambulance and with the station fire service. Although the immediate local area may not have been easily engaged, the project team did go as far as possible to demonstrate their commitment to its own local community.

Further to this, the team made every effort to divert as much of the waste from landfill as possible during this refurbishment project in-line with their recycling strategy for this project.

Award presentation